Talks & Events

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum encourages you to attend one of our engaging talks and special events. Most are geared to a general, all-ages audience (unless otherwise specified). We hope to spark your love of biodiversity through interesting and timely topics.

  • Biodiversity Lecture Series: In partnership with the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC), the Museum presents an ongoing series of lectures exploring our understandings of biodiversity.
  • Guest Speakers and Special Events: Scientists and artists from different corners of the world bring their perspective on biodiversity to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

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All events listed below are included with museum admission or membership, unless stated otherwise.

shutterbug programs

March 11, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Ian Lane

Take a closer look at local insect life in this exhibition of photographs. Enjoy daily hands-on programs about insects and drop-in activities in the gallery.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Arctic char are way cool because...

May 3, 2015, 1:00pm
Shannan May-McNally

Come venture to the wilderness of Alaska with Shannan May-McNally, a MSc graduate in the Taylor lab, and learn about one of the most variable fish on the planet.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Beaty's Birding Bonanza

May 3, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Derek Tan, Ildiko Szabo & Shannan May

Bonkers for Birds? Join us for a day full of bird fun in honour of Bird Week! Ask an Expert about Eagles, sketch bird specimens with the guidance of an artist, and more!

Included with museum admission or membership.

Campus Walk - Birding with the Director

May 16, 2015, 10:15am - 12:15pm
Darren Irwin

Join Beaty Biodiversity Museum Director Darren Irwin on a birding walk around campus. Look for Red-shafted Flicker, Pacific Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, and the Song Sparrow while wandering the beautiful UBC campus.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Macro Photography Workshop

May 16, 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Derek Tan

Learn to take better macro photos using a basic point-and-shoot digital camera in our hands-on photography workshop. Aimed at beginner or novice adult photographers, this workshop will cover basic tips for how to get clear, in-focus close-up photographs.

$30 + tax per participant.

Members' Sneak-Peek Morning: May 2015

May 24, 2015, 9:30pm - 12:00pm
LInda Jennings

Enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries with the museum Director then get hands-on in a family friendly plant pressing workshop with Vascular Plant Curator Linda Jennings in this special members-only event.

Included with membership.

Fortress flower: floral defences are way cool because...

June 7, 2015, 1:00pm
Dr Anna Hargreaves

Flowers may seem passive and innocent, but they are actually masters of manipulation.­ Join Dr Anna Hargreaves, post-doctoral fellow at the Biodiversity Research Centre, as she explores the diverse and often beautiful strategies flowers use to have their way with their animal visitors.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Ask an Expert about Insects

June 7, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Karen Needham & Don Griffiths

Bugs are beautiful - just ask Spencer Entomological Curator Karen Needham and Imaging Technician Don Griffiths. Don has been taking stunning images of insects from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum's collection. Find out why these images are important for things like insect identification.

Free for the public.

Badgers are way cool because...

July 5, 2015, 1:00pm
Daniel Justice

Did you know that a badger once lived in the White House? Come learn about these misunderstood animals with Daniel Justice, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program at UBC.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Peacocks are way cool because...

August 2, 2015, 1:00pm
Roz Dakin

Did you know that peacocks produce a rainbow of feather colours without any colourful pigments? Come find out which famous scientist wrote that peacock feathers make him sick, why feather iridescence is so important, and what it takes to get a peahen¹s attention.

Included with museum admission or membership.

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